A Cappella Society

 
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Based around voices-only singing and with over 130 members and 6 different performing groups, we are one of the biggest, fastest growing and most diverse music societies on campus. Our groups vary greatly in style: from award-winning contemporary groups like the all-male Semi-Toned and all-female Sweet Nothings, to classical groups like Madrigals and Harmonics, to larger groups like Take Note, we have something for everyone.

As part of our new membership system, anyone can now instantly become a full member for just £5. If you decide to join a group, there is a further fee of £5 for each group you join, which is only charged after you’ve passed auditions and joined the group fully.

Whether you end up joining one of our groups or not, becoming a member of the society lets you be part of our growing community, and gives access to the fantastic socials and musical workshops we host. To join one of our groups, visit our stall at the Freshers’ Fair, or get in contact with one of the group reps listed below. Some groups may hold a second set of auditions later in the year, so don't feel like you've missed your chance to get involved if you didn't sign up during Freshers.

Here’s a quick rundown of our groups:

The Bluebelles: The Bluebelles are Exeter’s jazziest a cappella group! Despite only forming in 2013, the girls are known for vintage twists on modern music and the herculean musical medley that features 56 musicals in 12 minutes! You cannot miss their 2017 music video, ‘The Sound of Musicals’ (including 37 musicals in 6 minutes) that went viral with over half a million views in 36 hours on the Facebook page Theatre Nerds. The Bluebelles have already competed twice in the quarterfinals of the ICCAs, the semi-finals of Voice Fest UK, and have had three hugely successful runs at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, for which they have received five-star reviews. The girls also released a single ‘Love on Top’ in 2016 which can be found on spotify. This year, The Bluebelles will record more music, and another video, as well as performing around the university and city, competing at a national and international level and will be returning to the Edinburgh Fringe. Keep up to date on the girls’ social media!

Contact: Eleanor Wade, bluebellesacappella@gmail.com

Harmonics: Harmonics is a close-harmony mixed group of 16 singers with a wide range of secular, classical and contemporary repertoire. Founded in 2012, they have performed everything from Whitacre to Will.i.am, Elgar to Pentatonix, and film scores from Toy Story to Lord of the Rings. They sing A Cappella music at a high level and as a group have a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Harmonics is a unique group as they sing at many events at the university and in the city throughout the year

Contact: exeterharmonics@gmail.com 

Illuminations: Founded in 2011, Illuminations are Exeter’s contemporary mixed a cappella group and have become a staple part of the University’s prestigious a cappella scene over recent years. They have amassed an impressive résumé with two consecutive ICCA appearances, including reaching the UK finals last year, a fantastic debut Edinburgh Fringe show as well as an appearance on the Sky 1 show Sing: Ultimate A Cappella, set to be aired this September. Illuminations' eclectic repertoire includes songs ranging from Imagine Dragons to George Ezra, Walk the Moon to Hamilton. This year, Illuminations will continue to compete at an international level, return to Edinburgh Fringe and hope to release their first music video.

Contact: Joseph Shandley, exeterilluminations@gmail.com

Sweet Nothings: Formed in 2006, Sweet Nothings are Exeter’s premier all-female A Cappella group. Boasting a wide repertoire ranging from Hall & Oates to Ed Sheeran and Beyonce, these girls have gone from strength to strength in the past few years. They appeared on BBC’s The Choir, and regularly compete in National and International Competitions. In 2017 they reached the Final of the Voice Festival UK, winning awards for Best Solo and Outstanding Choreography and Stagecraft. More recently, they released one of their two charity music videos, a cover of Sia’s Chandelier which can be found here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pEP_l_ci4k . Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, and Snapchat for regular updates.

Contact: Alex Saint, exetersweetnothings@live.com

Take Note: As the university's largest and only unauditioned a cappella group, Take Note is a diverse, mixed ensemble singing a wide repertoire of songs from a range of eras. With weekly rehearsals, a variety of social events and a number of performances each term, the group is an ideal place to meet like-minded people. Recognised at the 2015 Awards Ball as the 'group that has most fun' as well as that which achieved most in the community (a title we've proudly maintained in the 2016 awards!), Take Note nurtures its members' passion for singing in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. New members are always welcome, we'd love for you to join us!

Contact: Evelyn Turner, et365@exeter.ac.uk

Events

Semi-Toned at Edinburgh Fringe 2018
13th August 6pm - 7pm
Edinburgh Fringe run 2018
Semi-Toned at Edinburgh Fringe 2018
14th August 6pm - 7pm
Edinburgh Fringe run 2018
Semi-Toned at Edinburgh Fringe 2018
16th August 6pm - 7pm
Edinburgh Fringe run 2018
Semi-Toned at Edinburgh Fringe 2018
17th August 6pm - 7pm
Edinburgh Fringe run 2018
Illuminations at Edinburgh Fringe Festival
18th August 9am - 27th August 8pm
theSpace on Niddry Street, Edinburgh
Illuminations are performing for their second time at Edinburgh Fringe!
Semi-Toned at Edinburgh Fringe 2018
18th August 6pm - 7pm
Edinburgh Fringe run 2018
Semi-Toned at Edinburgh Fringe 2018
19th August 6pm - 7pm
Edinburgh Fringe run 2018
Semi-Toned at Edinburgh Fringe 2018
20th August 6pm - 7pm
Edinburgh Fringe run 2018
Semi-Toned at Edinburgh Fringe 2018
21st August 6pm - 7pm
Edinburgh Fringe run 2018
Semi-Toned at Edinburgh Fringe 2018
23rd August 6pm - 7pm
Edinburgh Fringe run 2018
Semi-Toned at Edinburgh Fringe 2018
24th August 6pm - 7pm
Edinburgh Fringe run 2018
Semi-Toned at Edinburgh Fringe 2018
25th August 6pm - 7pm
Edinburgh Fringe run 2018
A Cappella Beatboxing Workshop
18th September 3pm - 5pm
M and D Room, Devonshire House, Streatham Campus
Try out your beatboxing skills at the A Cappella workshop! You don't need to have done it before, just turn up and we'll teach you the basics.
A Cappella Classical Workshop
19th September 10:30am - 12:30pm
M and D Room, Devonshire House, Streatham Campus
Come and try some classical-style A Cappella! Whether you're a fan of traditional or contemporary music, this workshop is for all lovers of crunchy harmonies and unaccompanied singing.
A Cappella Performance Picnic
19th September 1:30pm - 3:30pm
The Ram Bar, Devonshire House, Streatham Campus
Join all the A Cappella groups in the Ram Garden for our performance picnic! Come and check out what we sing if you're thinking about joining, and grab some curly fries while you're enjoying the music!
A Cappella Contemporary Workshop
20th September 3pm - 5pm
M and D Room, Devonshire House, Streatham Campus
Want to be part of real-life Pitch Perfect? Join us at the contemporary A Cappella workshop to try it out - we'll be singing in different voice parts so the more the merrier!
Mixed Arts Variety Night: 'Variety'
20th September 7:30pm - midnight
Monkey Suit Bar, Exeter City Centre
Expect the best of Exeter's arts societies! From poetry to acoustic bands, drama to A cappella, comedy and more: this is Exeter's only variety night.
A Cappella Pub Crawl
21st September 7:30pm - midnight
The Ram Bar, Devonshire House, Streatham Campus
Join us as we visit some of Exeter's finest pubs! Chat with the people behind the voices over some drinks (singing optional)
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